Celtic folksinger Connie Dover to perform in Ironton on St. Patrick’s Day

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 15, 2024

Connie Dover, acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez,” will perform at 3p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Ironton. 

Admission is $15 which is payable at the door, and children and students of all ages are admitted for free. The church is handicap accessible. 

Dover is a singer, poet, and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice, and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America display a depth and breadth of range that have established her as one of the world’s pre-eminent traditional singers.

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Dover has released six critically acclaimed solo albums, and her music can be heard on many soundtracks and recordings of folk and world music. She received the 2007 Emmy Award for Musical Composition and Arrangement. Connie is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry and the Yellowstone and Teton Song Contest Grand Prize. She has also been inducted into the Missouri Music Hall of Fame. 

She was born in Arkansas, raised in Missouri and studied at Oxford University.

Dover has researched music from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Miles City, Montana. 

Nature is a constant theme in her music. Her enchantment with the enduring quality of traditional songs and her exploration of the interplay of Celtic and American music inspire her creative work. Her instinct for capturing the emotional core of each song and her love for the high plains and mountains of the American West paint the broad landscape of her music.

She spends a portion of her summers cooking on a ranch in northwest Wyoming, and part of the winter months as a cook and guide at a remote yurt camp in Yellowstone National Park.

Dover performs in concert, on radio and television around the world and she has been a featured guest on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “The Thistle and Shamrock.”

The Ironton Council for the Arts received ArtSTART and Ohio Artists on Tour grants from the Ohio Arts Council for the 2023-24 subscription concert season which will help defray performance costs and would like to thank the Ohio Arts Council for these awards.